The Back to Basic Tee is a beginner-friendly pattern using basic crochet stitches and constructions to give you a big impact. It is worked flat using 2 pieces of rectangles and some back and front post double crochet in contrasting color to join. Super cute to layer over a loose dress, wear it with shorts, under your overalls or with high waisted jeans. The length is easily adjustable to make a longer tee.
Hello everyone it’s me again, Elisabeth, sharing my pattern for the second time on Janne’s blog. Last year, I shared the In the Forest of the Night Cardi with you and it was a HIT! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Elisabeth (spelled with an S). I prefer being called Elisabeth (and not Liz or Lizzy) after 9 years and counting of serving in the U.S Navy and being called by a title or my last name. I learned to crochet in elementary school growing up in Haiti.
I wish I could say it, love, at first stitch but it wasn’t. I was always into crafts but crochet did not come back to me until I made the decision to join the military and was waiting to leave for Bootcamp. I started writing patterns in the summer of 2018 and have not stopped since. I hope you enjoy my newest design and stop by to visit me on either Instagram, Facebook, or my blog.
The sample is made in size Medium using Rainbow Organic by Hobbii Yarn, 100% Cotton superfine weight. Testers have found success with DK and worsted weight yarn such as Paintbox DK, Paintbox Cotton DK, Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend, Premier Cotton Yarn, Bernat Baby Sport, and Lion Brand Jeans.
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BACK TO BASIC TEE – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
The pattern is written in a recipe style to allow for it to be adjustable to any size desired. It provides 3 inches of positive ease to give it a nice drape and a carefree style.
The pattern uses 2 strands of superfine cotton held together or you can use one strand of DK weight to create the tee. The pattern is designed to have 3 inches of positive ease, so find your size below and add 3 inches to that measurement to get your beginning row.
Beginner- Project includes basic stitches and shaping.
Size 5.5 mm / US: I9 or hook needed to obtain gauge
Rainbow Organic by Hobbii Yarn, 100% Cotton superfine weight; 2 strands held together. You will need a main color (MC) for the body and contrasting color (CC) for the ribbing and accents. If you don’t have superfine weight, you can use single strands of DK or worsted weight yarn. Testers have found success with DK and worsted weight yarn such as Paintbox DK, Paintbox Cotton DK, Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend, Premier Cotton Yarn, Bernat Baby Sport, and Lion Brand Jeans.
Yarn amount used:
S(250g MC, 50g CC), M(300 g MC, 50g CC), L(350g MC, 50g CC), XL(400g MC, 60g CC). Adjustment to other sizes are given in the pattern, yarn quantity will vary based on specific dimensions.
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle, find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
- Measuring tape
- 3 stitch markers
13dc x 8 rows= 4×4 inch
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
- When working the sleeves, ch2, dc in same space as ch-2. Do not sl st in ch2 of previous row. sl st only on top of dc of previous row to avoid adding stitches.
- Tee is worked in 2 pieces joined together to create your top.
BUST SIZES (Provided for your convenience):
28-30 (XS), 32-34 (S), 36-38 (M), 40-42 (L), 44-46 (XL), 48-50 (2X), 52-54 (3X), 56-58 (4X), 60-62 (5X)
With ease: XS (33), S(37), M (41), L(45), XL(49), 2X(53), 3X(57), 4X(61), 5X(65)
Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)
Rep = repeat
Sc = single crochet (tutorial)
Sl st = slip stitch (tutorial)
St = stitch (es)
dc= Double crochet
Ch until your piece measures half the measurements provided above with positive ease. If your bust size is Medium and 41 inches with the positive ease, your chain should measure 20 ½ inches.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 2: Dc in each dc across. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 3-28: Repeat row 2
Row 29: Dc in first 3.5 (XS &S), 4 (M-XL), 4.5 (2X &3X), 5 (4X&5X) inches. Cut yarn, leave a long tail and attach to the other end of row 28. Measure same as the other side and Dc across. Fasten off
Repeat rows 1-28 of front.
Row 29: With CC,sc in first 3.5 (XS &S), 4 (M-XL), 4.5 (2X &3X), 5 (4X&5X) inches of the row. Cut off the yarn, leave a long tail and attach to the other end of row 28. Measure same as the other side and sc across. Fasten off.
Lay both front and back piece with shoulders touching as shown below. Join the pieces together using CC.
Now you will be working in the rounds.
Rnd 1: With CC, attach the yarn to the bottom corner of your piece and sc around the whole piece. Ch 1. Turn.
Back to working in rows. Now you’re working only on the long sides (Not bottom hem) of the piece.
Row 1: Sc in each sc along the side. Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 2: Repeat rnd 2. Fasten off.
Attach yarn to the other side and repeat row 1&2.
Fold your tee with front and back side over each other. Join the sides using the dimensions in the diagram below and CC yarn.
Attach CC yarn to the hem seam of the tee.
Row 1: Dc in each sc of the front of your tee up to the seam. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 2: Fpdc in first dc, bpdc in next dc. Fpdc and bpdc in dc across the front. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 3: *Fpdc in fpdc, bpdc in bpdc* until the end of the row. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 3. Fasten off.
Repeat row 1-4 for the back hem.
Weave in all ends and show off your Back to Basic Tee on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!
BY GUEST DESIGNER ELISABETH DESAMOUR- DESAMOUR DESIGNS!
Elisabeth is the owner, designer, and maker behind Desamour Designs. As a crochet designer, her goal is to spread the joy of creating to all crocheters through unique patterns and accessible patterns.
In her spare time, you will find her on the couch with her two cats, Amy and River, binge-watching episodes of Doctor Who with her yarn and tea.
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